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Grow to Greatness

If you are the owner of an existing small business, I encourage you to sign up for Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I and Part II on coursera.org.

Part I is a five week case/story based course starting January 28, 2013 focusing on the common growth challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. You’ll learn about the: “3 Myths of Growth”; the “Truth About Growth”; why growth is like “Mother Nature”; the “Gas Pedal” approach to growth; the all important “4 Ps” of how to grow; and how to scale a business strategically.

Part II is a four week case/story based course starting April 29, 2013 focusing on the common human resource (“people”) challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. You will learn how entrepreneurs must grow, too; the “secret” of high performance; people-centric leadership; how to create high employee engagement; how to create an internal Growth System; and how to build a senior management team.

Both are taught online by University of Virginia professor Professor Edward D. Hess, who has spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is also the author of ten books, over 60 practitioner articles, and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His books include Hess and Liedtka, The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes (Stanford University Press, 2012); Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses (Stanford University Press, 2012); Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases (Stanford University Press, February, 2011); Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2010); Hess and Goetz, So You Want to Start A Business (FT Press, 2008); The Road To Organic Growth (McGraw-Hill, 2007); Hess and Cameron, eds., Leading with Values: Virtue, Positivity & High Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Hess and Kazanjian, eds., The Search for Organic Growth (Cambridge University Press, 2006).